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. the target was believed to be a convoy carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for hezbollah. we have reports on how this could further inflame the region. >> the explosions are recorded by steering activists seem more powerful than anything the rebels could do. there is a different account of what happens. the government said that planes bombed a military research center between damascus and the lebanese border. they said two people were killed in the raid. u.s. officials say that jets bomb a convoy carrying anti aircraft missiles. >> you will not allow and we will prevent any attacks for hezbollah to smuggle such weapons from syria. is israel attacks, it means that such an attempt by hezbollah was made. >> the contagion from the violence in syria worries the whole region. syria sits on the middle east religious and political fault lines. they connect the war to all of its neighbors, whether they like it or not. the war in syria is exporting trouble. its neighbors are seeing a new threats to their security as a result of the slow collapse of the syrian state. this time, israel felt threatene
convoy as they were attempting to transport weapons back to hezbollah. the convoy was carrying antiaircraft and weapons. and he said this is israel's warning to the president and his regime that they will not tolerate any weapons for israel's destruction. if this happened, it's certainly an escalation. and there's some degree of confusion around this. >> it is, and before we talk about this at all, we have to remember, we're dealing with one government, the israelis, that never admit some of this action that they carry out and we're dealing with another government, the syrians, who habitually lie. we have to look at all of this. two reports, the first that this convoy, carrying amount i aircraft weapons, was struck near damascus to beirut highway, near the border, and that seems to be the most reliable sources talking about that particular attack. and then the syrian state tv has announced that no, this was in fact an attack on a military research center in the suburb of damascus. that's what they're saying has happened. and the israelis as i said, not of confirming or denying
. the reaction is coming in from this incident. >> that is right. we have had a response from hezbollah. it has condemned the attack inside syria, saying it is a dangerous act. we also heard from russia, which said it will be taking urgent action to clarify what has happened. there is still a great deal of uncertainty. the u.s. navy is reports in israeli officials spoke to u.s. a administration officials and informs them they are planning and carrying out an attack on an arms shipments said to be carrying russian missiles destined for hezbollah. if those missiles were surface- to-air missiles, that would be a game changer. it would make it difficult to carry out air operations in northern israel as well as southern lebanon. the israelis are concerned about this. they are concerned about the transfer of chemical weapons from syria to hezbollah and to other groups inside syria and lebanon. they have been making statements about that in the last couple of weeks, saying if the transfer occurs, it could be a line for them. >> israeli officials have been tight-lipped about this incident. they have be
on their way to lebanon. they were going to be handed over to hezbollah. hezbollah is very powerful in lebanon, israel's sworn enemy. israel did not want hezbollah to have these weapons. what does it mean? hezbollah and israel could be heading up for another round. it also means israel is willing to reach inside syria and stop weapons from leaking out, maybe even chemical weapons. >> an escalation in a dangerous neighborhood. richard engel, thank you, as always. >>> still ahead for us tonight, a dramatic turn of events for a man who was once a heartbeat from a presidency. and what about those reports he's suddenly $100 million richer. >>> and later, perhaps the only two folks in america who wish the super bowl could end up in a tie. >>> former senator, vice president and presidential nominee, al gore, is out with a new book, entitled "the future." and while he's getting credit for being out ahead on the issue of climate change for years, he is also facing some criticism for selling the tv network he owned to the al jazeera media empire, owned by the oil-producing nation of qatar. nbc's andrea
that israel was trying to prevent the transfer of weapons to hezbollah militants in the area. >> israel has refused to comment on the reported out -- airstrikes. it always does. syrian state tv carried a military statement. the jets came in flying so low they could not be seen by radar. it gave details of what it said happened. syria's official version is that the jets struck a defense research installation northwest of damascus, destroying the building and killing two workers. but earlier reports from diplomats, security officials, and syrian rebels said there was an attack, but the target was a convoy of arms destined for hezbollah militants across the border in lebanon. lebanon it has confirmed intensive israeli over strikes in recent days, but officials insist that no attack took place in their territory. israel has only intervene once before, in november, shelling a target in the golan heights. just a few days before the airstrike into syria, israel moved some of its missile defense batteries to the north. it has reflected rising concern that if the syrian regime is collapsing, they co
the weapons, to his bow la. hezbollah fighters in lebanon. the syrian regime claims israel attacked a military facility in damascus. iran syria both support hezbollah, which calls the attack israeli aggression. they warned the syrian regime might be transferring weapons to hezbollah, and warned them not to. we were talking yesterday about what kind of retaliation might come. at least now they're talking. >> nobody seriously thinks the syrian military is going to strike israel. nobody thinks mr. i sat is insane enough to engage israel in a war, nor is iran. the question here is whether iran and syria might use their proxies, hezbollah in lebanon to carry out some sort of attack, and the key in at that that syrn statement is surprise attack. that sounds all sorts of alarm bells. >> andrew taylor was talking to me earlier, shep, from the washington institute, and he said everybody is very wary of here is a terrorist attack against some sort of israeli interest on the globe, and iran and syria have proven they're capable of that. >> shepard: he's weapons tran fers have happened for a long time, an
were already in hezbollah's hands. in other words, that this was not a syrian army convoy taking the weapons to hezbollah, the militant shiite group in lebanon, but hezbollah already had possession of them. if that turns out to be the case, it says a lot about hezbollah's actions and activities in syria right now. >> ifill: so a u.s. official has confirmed this to you. the syrian state television has said this happened. but israel's been awfully mum on this. what is -- why are they being so quiet about it? >> well, gwen, there's no percentage in it for israel to confirm this. first of all, the confirm that they violated syrian airspace. secondly they don't want to become the issue. in other words, they wanted to prevent these weapons from getting into hezbollah's hands in lebanon. but they certainly didn't want to do it in the a way or crow in a way that either syria feels it has to respond or hezbollah feels it has to respond. as one analyst said to me, if it was intended to send a message also to the two parties that, look, don't try transferring any chemical weapons or anythin
it actually occurred fairly near damascus but that the missiles or missile parts were already in hezbollah's hands. in other words that this was not a syrian army convoy taking the weapons to hezbollah, the militant shiite group in lebanon, but hezbollah already had possession of them. if that turns out to be the case, it says a lot about hezbollah's actions and activities in syria right now. >> ifill: so a u.s. official has confirmed this to you. the syrian state television has said this happened. but israel's been awfully mum on this. what is -- why are they being so quiet about it? >> well gwen, there's no percentage in it for israel to confirm this. first of all the confirm that they violated syrian airspace. secondly they don't want to become the issue. in other words, they wanted to prevent these weapons from getting into hezbollah's hands in lebanon. but they certainly didn't want to do it in the a way or crow in a way that either syria feels it has to respond or hezbollah feels it has to respond. as one analyst said to me if it was intended to send a message also to the two parties
say the raid targeted a weapons convoy headed for members of hezbollah, an ally of the syrian president. but the syrian government denied the existence of the vehicles, saying the israeli planes bombed a research center near damascus. russia says the facts are not yet clear but adds that any air strike would be completely unacceptable. >> we are analyzing the information as we receive it. if the allegations are confirmed, then it is our position this is a serious breach of the united nations charter. this would be an unacceptable action against a sovereign government. >> the syrian media say two people were killed when israeli jets bombed the research center near damascus and five more injured. israel has not commented on the allegations, but the israeli government had warned syria this week that it would not accept any syrian weapons falling into the hands of hezbollah. israelis are concerned about the possibility of a chemical weapons attack. people have been stockpiling gas masks for months. >> i would rather actually use it as a warning sign, by which israel is warning bot
of damascus. the target was believed to be a convoy carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for hezbollah. we have reports on how this could further inflame the region. >> the explosions are recorded by steering activists seem more powerful than anything the rebels could do. there is a different account of what happens. the government said that planes bombed a military research center between damascus and the lebanese border. they said two people were killed in the raid. u.s. officials say that jets bomb a convoy carrying anti aircraft missiles. >> you will not allow and we will prevent any attacks for hezbollah to smuggle such weapons from syria. is israel attacks, it means that such an attempt by hezbollah was made. >> the contagion from the violence in syria worries the whole region. syria sits on the middle east religious and political fault lines. they connect the war to all of its neighbors, whether they like it or not. the war in syria is exporting trouble. its neighbors are seeing a new threats to their security as a result of the slow collapse of the syrian state. this time, israel f
they believe were on their way to hezbollah militants in lebanon. it happened just outside of da mat cuss and marked the first attack by israel against syrian targets in some five years. the incident raised new concerns that syria's on going civil war threatens to spill over into a wider regional conflict. the syrian government condemned the attack and insisted the air strike hit a research site, not a weapons convoy. our correspondent joins us live from cairo. what is the reaction to the air strike today in the middle east? >> reporter: well, good morning, bill. there is strong condemnation from several parts starting in cairo with the arab league which said that israeli air strike is a violation of sovereignty but more importantly russia syria's strongest ally and the supplier of the alleged weapons that were actually being carried in that convoy which we believe to be according to western sources to be air defense missiles going to hezbollah. russia which makes those weapons, supposedly, has condemned the israeli attack as well saying that it, too, was a violation of syria's sovereignt
to hezbollah. hezbollah is very powerful in lebanon, israel's sworn enemy. israel did not want hezbollah to have these weapons. what does it mean? hezbollah and israel could be heading up for another round. it also means israel is willing to reach inside syria and stop weapons from leaking out, maybe even chemical weapons. >> an escalation in a dangerous neighborhood. richard engel, thank you, as always. >>> still ahead for us tonight, a dramatic turn of events for a man who was once a heartbeat from a presidency. and what about those reports he's suddenly $100 million rich richer. >>> and later, perhaps the only two folks in america who wish the super bowl could end up in a tie. to the best vacation spot on earth. (all) the gulf! it doesn't matter which of our great states folks visit. mississippi, alabama, louisiana or florida, they're gonna love it. shaul, your alabama hospitality is incredible. thanks, karen. love your mississippi outdoors. i vote for your florida beaches, dawn. bill, this louisiana seafood is delicious. we're having such a great year on the gulf, we've decided to pu
has considerable influence in lebanon and the terrorist group hezbollah that operates out of lebanon. lebanon not only has a big board were israel, lebanon also has a big border with syria. and syria, of course, is embroiled in a raging and brutal civil war. look where the capital city of syria is relative to this map. look how close it is to lebanon and to israel, this ravaged capital city in this horrible ongoing war. and it is that geography that explains why there was an international gasp and shock today when this headline crossed, that israel had sent planes to bomb inside syria. or maybe it was on the border between syria and lebanon, depending on which headline you read and who they had asked for information on the ground. but if israel is sending bombers now deep into syria, or just over the border, does that mean this war inside syria, this two-year-old awful civil war has just gone international? specifically, has it become a war that involves israel too? and at least iranian interests, if not iran itself? did a much bigger war just start? joining us now from cairo is ayma
northwest of damascus. that convoy was thought to contain weapons for hezbollah militants in lebanon. the syrian army, though, says the air strike destroyed a military research center. hezbollah condemns the attack. the u.s. classifies hezbollah as a terrorist group. >>> the role some students from newtown, connecticut, will play in this year's super bowl. >>> a busy nights for rescue workers. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair trade. whoo! you walk with friends, you meet new friends, and you keep those friendships. it was such a beautiful experience. (woman) ♪ and it's beautiful ♪ undeniable (woman) why walk 60 miles in the boldest breast cancer event in history? because everyone deserves a lifetime. visit the3day.org to register or to request more information today. ♪ burning like a fire ♪ building up from deep inside it was 3 days of pure joy. susan g. komen's investments in early detection and treatment have helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the u.s. by 33% since 1990. help us continue serving the million
them from entering lebanon before the militant group hezbollah could get their hands on them. the building where the trucks were loading or departing was also hit. hezbollah is a sworn enemy of israel. if hezbollah had gotten those missiles, it would have significantly increased their capability in any future conflict with israel. so, this was not israel getting involved in the conflict in syria, per se, it was very much israel making a preemptive strike to protect itself. but this will increase tension in the region, diane. >> all right, martha. another story to be watching through this night. thanks so much. >>> and now, a dramatic day in washington. a kind of showdown over gun violence in america. it began with a surprise appearance by gabby giffords, who made a plea for a nation awash in guns to do something. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tells us what happened. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by watching the way she arrived on capitol hill today, but it was just two years ago that a bullet shattered gabby giffords' skull. >> too many children are
on the bad guys so to speak trying to take over. the iranians trying to getn. hezbollah wonts to have their share. >> warner: intelligence minister says that israel and its allies are most concerned that if assad goes down, he may transfer some of syria's chemical arsenal to his ally hezbollah in lebanon. >> i don't want to go into them. one is that they move it to lebanon and to hezbollah and syria and then to lebanon. >> warner: the militant group hezbollah syria's proxy in neighboring lebanon fought israel to a surprising draw in 2006. it is now believed to have missiles including some supplied by syria that could strike tel aviv. that city has come under such fire before. and israelis are prepared. every apartment and every house in this middle class neighborhood contains a safe room where the family can take refuge in the case of attack. that's been required of every dwelling built here in the last 20 years, ever since saddam hussein aimed missiles at israel during the first gulf war. this man owns a company called i am protected. he installs, upgrades and retrofits residential s
for lebanon. now russia, the arab league, and hezbollah are all condemning the action. >>> and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee pays back $60,000 to a donor for airplane rides. and that donor is under investigation by the fbi. much more on a stranger sorry surrounding senator bob menen z menendez. good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 31st, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. now less than 30 minutes away from the start of chuck hagel's confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense. we'll take you there live for his opening statement, along with what's expected to be some tough questioning from some big-name republicans. let's get right to my first read of the morning. let's start with the hagel confirmation grilling. could be the most contentious nomination hear of the president's second term and frankly, of any of the president's cabinet picks over the two terms. hagel's chances do look better today than at any point since his name was first floated. that said, he still has very little margin for error. senators
a potential of what was already a horrible, horrible situation if iran and syria, hezbollah, if they were to retaliate against israel, that would dramatically escalate what is already going on. >> reporter: certainly. very dangerous to make a prediction in this part of the world and given what is happening inside syria, particularly damascus on their back foot and perhaps prone to irrational responses. as we're seeing at the moment, most observers think that an overretaliation is unlikely. of course syria, its military heavily stretched by this civil war. particularly given how israel now denying any real involvement. hezbollah and a very delicate balance here. of course their military allied to the assad regime but they have a very cautious political role to play here. they don't want to get into a lengthy military issue with the israelis and, of course, iran. certainly leadership driven by division. many not quite sure what they could do. concerns about some sort of covert retaliation, how ever that may play out. people are waiting to see if this is vague and at times in the past 24 hou
entering lebanon before the militant group hezbollah could get their hands on them. the building where the trucks were loading or departing was also hit. hezbollah is a sworn enemy of israel. if hezbollah had gotten the missiles it would have significantly increased their capability in any future conflict with israel so this was not israel getting involved in the conflict in syria per se. it was very much israel making a preemptive strike to protect itself but you this will increase tension in the region. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> martha says that the air strikes also hit the buildings where the trucks were loading or departing. there are reports tonight that the building was in fact a sigh entivic research center. >>> bus riders were stranded after the city labor department ran out of money to pay for gas. greece is undergoing deep austerity cuts as you probably know as part of its emergency loans from other european nations. just today the greek government proposed giving tax authorities the power to empty the bank accounts of accused tax evaders even if they had not b
to hezbollah in lebanon. the syrian military denies the existence of any such shipment, and accuses israel of hitting a scientific research facility. for more on israel's strike on syria and the hagel confirmation hearing employees to be joined by former u.s. ambassador to the un and fox is contributor john bolton. welcome. >> to be here for. lori: we have to talk about chuck hagel and the senate armed forces hearing today. we were expecting our rough questioning session, but that was downright cruel. what is your take? >> it was a debacle for chuck hagel, and it was not because the question was so brutal as that the answers or so incompetent. i have been through my own confirmation hearings. i helped prepare other people for there's. and i understand hagel went through a lot of time and effort to prepare, but it did not show today in question after question he simply seemed unable or unwilling to provide answers that were coherent. you have shown some of the clips. the list goes on. lori: one example, why do you think the iranian foreign ministry so strongly supports your nomination to se
that they believe was attempting to deliver weapons including antiaircraft missiles hezbollah ball la in lebanon. militant organization and political party that has vowed israel's destruction and has strong ties to syria and iran. this comes less than a week after an aid to iran's supreme leader claimed that an attack on syria is an attack on iran itself. with that as our beginning "the fox report" correspondent jonathan hunt is here. the israelis had promised to act if syria moved weapons or used weapons and it looks like they have acted. >> yeah, the israeli government is becoming increasingly worried about the flow of weapons. or the potential flow from the chaos of syria over to israel's northern border. so much so that they recently moved some of their batteries of the iron dome intercepter missile system to the north of the country now it appears that they decided that defense is not enough. they have gone on the attack. hitting this done i have which we believe to have been between u.s. officials somewhere between 3 and 6 trucks about to cross the border from syria into lebanon. apparentl
. they were transporting surface to air missile to the ally, hezbollah. we are hearing from iran and it issues a vague threat to retaliate over this attack. here to walk us through, i want you to talk to me about iran, lebanon, the relationship between the countries and who has the most to gain and lose. >> happy to talk. first, listen to what the un secretary has to say. they say at this time he doesn't have details of the reported incident and not in a position to verify what happened. that's part of the problem. we don't know what happened here. we know there was an israeli strike. the syrians are saying it was corrected at the research facility that everybody knows is just along damascus here. everybody knows that it was also storage depot for weapons. beyond that, if they were bound for hezbollah, they came from iran. the iranian arms, were they owned by hezbollah and scored in syria? we don't know. that's one factor that has got to be considered here. in any event the israelis don't want them in possession of the more advanced surface to air missiles that can threaten air action by the i
, and by the way i have said on the record many times that hezbollah and hamas are terrorist groups, and i have said many times on the record that iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. i am committed to that. , for my last minute, with regard to afghanistan, we have heard your views, and you did not give a specific statement about how many, but will you in your capacity advises the president bush be drawing down trips sooner rather than later? >> i think he has made that pretty clear, that he wants to do that, and if i am confirmed, i will need to better understand all the dimensions of this. i do not know all those dimensions. i think there is little question -- and i support completely -- where the president wants to go completely in afghanistan, and his commitment to on wind that war. as we have said, there should be, there will be. he noted he will enforce a new policy, a new relationship based on limited objectives for our troops there, and i support that. >> my last question, that i will submit, obviously, the personnel of military is our most important asset, and when we hear reports the
that they were after some russian weapons that were advanced weapons that were heading to hezbollah and lebanon. what is your basic information? >> i think israel has legitimate security concerns that when there is the tumult you see and you already have seen syria could be part of assad's strategy to run things over the borders that, when you begin to see materials move, that could move from syria into lebanon and potentially into hezbollah's control, whether they're chemical or even well targeted rockets, various things, i think israel many consultation with the russians and the americans, had decide thad something was moving. you and i don't know what the content was. i was impressed with israel's willingness to consult with russians and the americans in this before they took their strike, so i believe that they have had a sense that something very nasty was being moved. >> is this a proxy against iran, and is this any kind of signal also since the weapons were possibly headed to hezbollah at least according to a lot of sources. is this also letting iran know, you know, that -- >> of course.
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